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Poster: ARossi Date: Nov 9, 2006 4:04pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: uploading old books from library's websites


Yes, you're welcome to upload scans of public domain books to our Open Source Books collection.

To create an item:

  • Go to

  • Choose a unique name (identifier) for your item and click the "create item" button

  • Wait a few moments for the item to be checked out. This is the checkout page - don't close it! Once the item's checked out, you'll be given ftp information about where to upload your item. You can either use an FTP program to do this, or use Internet Explorer for windows.

  • When you're done uploading, make sure you check the item back in! There's a link on the checkout page that will check it back in for you (or, if you're using IE, click the "Click here when done" link in your ftp window).

  • Choose the text collection Open Source Books and click the "Submit text" button.

  • Enter metadata like title, date, publisher, etc.

  • Wait about 20-30 minutes for your item to go live

Please let us know if you need assistance with this process. Thanks,


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Poster: mamato Date: Nov 10, 2006 2:45am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: uploading old books from library's websites

actually i discovered afterwards that the BNF (French National Library) claims they own copyrights on the scans they made of those couple century old books:

i read on wikipedia forums that they had interactions with them regarding using content in wikipedia (whose content must be freely redistributable).

i feel like it would be quite appropriate to have IP experts clear things out with institution such as the BNF to figure out what exactly they claim to have copyrights on (raw scans, ocrs, etc). i'm a bit shocked that public institutions whose goals are to promote knowledge and culture decide to copyright (scans of) century old books.

i do realize you may not have the manpower and expertise to take action but if you do, please do so, i'd be 200% with you.